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History of Education: Seeking the Common Good as a Collective Social Endeavour

  • Richard LeoEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69902-8_23-1


History of Education is a broad field that encompasses both historiographical studies and discussion of the political, social, and economic influences on education over time and across varying geographical or national locales. The field, while acknowledging that education has occurred throughout the centuries, focusses on the development of mass education in the interest of the nation-state since the Industrial Revolution. Its practice has been influenced by the wider theoretical debates in history and other social sciences (McCulloch, The Struggle for the History of Education 2011).

The common good is what is shared or beneficial for all or most members of a community regardless of its public or private origin and characterized by the recognition of the fundamental rights of all people (UNESCO 2015). A collective social endeavor is where the “creation of knowledge, its control, acquisition, validation, and use’ is made available to everyone so that the ways that education...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Millis Institute and School of Education and BusinessCHC Higher EducationBrisbaneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Valeria Ruiz Vargas
    • 1
  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK